Friday, May 23, 2014

Push by Claire Wallis ~ Review & Giveaway

Source:  Received eBook from publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I feel like I am wrapped in a cyclone. Everything is whirling around me, drawing the air out of my lungs and filling me with the best kind of turmoil. Every time his tongue slides against mine, a prickle in my gut tells me how right we are together. How much I need David. How much I need us.

I hope the cyclone never stops.

Emma Searfoss has spent a lifetime trying to escape her abusive stepfather. It's why she moved far away from home. It's why she's kept no ties with her remaining family. And it's why she's got a major rage problem. When her neighbor shows up to fix the kitchen in her new apartment, his enigmatic charm calms the fire in her. David is cool and collected, and he makes Emma feel safe for the first time ever. But David has his own chilling past—his six previous girlfriends have all disappeared without a trace. Emma's walking a dangerous line, but David's pull is intoxicating. And impossible to resist…

This is a new adult romance with mature content for readers 17 and up.

 My Thoughts:

3 1/2 stars - This one messes with your head for sure!

I don't read very many thrillers but this one caught my eye.  It was a huge change from what I normally read with lots of twisted characters and psychological drama.  

The story is from Emma POV and I immediately feel sorry for her.  She's one tough cookie and will tell you off in an instant but how she got to that point was pretty sad.  Her step-father ranks right up there as one of my least favorite characters of all time.  Not only did he ruin her childhood but turned her brothers into jerks as well.  It's pretty clear she's in need of love.

David is a mystery.  I love how straight forward he is, tearing her kitchen apart and even walking in without her knowing he was there.  Definitely had me thinking he was a creeper and should be watched out for.  His history isn't much better than Emma.  These two really have reasons to be messed up.

Their relationship develops as he works on her kitchen.  Conversation moves to relationship until Emma is addicted to David.  

It's a fast read with lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming.  The cliffhanger ending has you dying for the next book.

It may be darker than I'm comfortable with but it's definitely a great book. 

About the author:

Claire Wallis has penned hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles over the last ten years, with science playing the lead role in almost all of them. Though non-fiction writing will forever be her first love, fiction has unexpectedly swooped in, hooked her by the soul, and become her true love. As a result of this coup d’état, Claire’s writing career has made a complete U-turn, and instead of rocks, plants, insects, and microbes, she is now putting human characters in the lead.

Enamored with the process of creating messy characters filled with imperfections and wicked inclinations, Claire believes that you don’t actually have to like a character to fall in love with them – a good story, after all, is best served with a hearty side of evil (just ask Disney). Claire’s first New Adult novel, Push , is scheduled for release by Harlequin MIRA in 2014. The story speaks to her appreciation of enigmatic male characters, perfectly capable of charming themselves straight into your unwilling heart. She enjoys writing about characters that are, at any given moment, both loathed and loved. You know, the ones that refuse to be forgotten.

Claire’s previous jobs include working at a limestone quarry, hawking vegetables at a farmer’s market, clerking at the dollar store, and convincing new mothers that they need to renew their subscription to that parenting magazine in order for their child to survive. She lives in Pennsylvania with her amazingly awesome husband and son.


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  1. Oh this one sounds interesting- I don't read many thrillers but I do admit that you have me curious about this one. Great review.

  2. thanks for the review! im definitely adding this to my goodreads! i super duper love thrillers involving psychological drama. <3

  3. This sounds like a great book. I don't usually read thrillers but it just so happens that the last book I read was a thriller. Foreign Influence by Brad Thor was a great book and I think I might be hooked!!!

  4. I read Kasie West's Pivot Point and Split Second and loved them!

  5. I don't have a lot of things that would be outside my genres. I am eclectic so I read a lot of different genres. I tried a historical one once and it was so not for me so that would be my only thing.

  6. The last one I read wad Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kay Tardif, and I really enjoyed it.

  7. Wild by Cheryl Strayed!

  8. I haven't really been one for dark reads, but I have been seeing this everywhere. Glad you enjoyed!

  9. This sounds pretty good. I enjoy books like this sometimes. Great review.

  10. I'm not sure. I read some pretty dark reads last year and really enjoyed them but way outside my normal genre, Thank you for the great giveaway! Excited to read this!

  11. I've seen this around lately. I've been curious. Thanks for the review!

  12. Since I do not really have a genre the farthest out would be 'Price of Vengeance' by Kurt D. Springs. It was well-written but I am not a Star Wars fan and it was under that type of storyline.

  13. Fly you to the moon by Jocelyn Han. More so out of my genre because it was futuristic and space. But it was good.